The NK 2000 Project

The NK 2000 Project
"The BMW 2000 VIN 1326213 was manufactured on January 10th, 1967 and delivered on March 6th, 1967 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Tampico, paint code 005." - from the BMW Group Archives

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Engine Bay Comparisons

Above is an early shot of my engine bay, taken four years ago.

Below is a photo of how it looks now.

Lastly, here is that 1966 factory engine bay shot.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bumper Bling (Slight Return)

Another recent project was the replacement of the front bumper center.  The old one had numerous dings, dents, and rust spots.

I also lacked the bumper bracket bushings. I acquired these OOS - old, old stock we might stay- a few years ago but never got to putting them on, despite at least once having the bumper off the car. They are a bit crusty, but far better than nothing.

Heater Valve Resto

The heater valve had presented a problem for a couple of years. First, the inlet hose began to dribble at the valve, and second, the o-ring on the valve itself had outlived its usefulness and was now allowing coolant to slowly dribble onto the firewall and even on the transmisssion housing. Not fast enough to require adding coolant on a frequent basis, but still an issue. I knew this was something that wouldn't fix itself.

We wondered if the whole heater core would have to be removed to fix the problem but as it turned out the answer was no. Even better, the o-ring was a perfect match for the early 2002 style, still easy to obtain. As was the orginal s-curved heater hose, which is NLA but still available from Walloth and Nesch for under 10 Euros.

The old heater valve inlet hose alongside the equally crusty old piece of heater hose that had been used by a PO as a valve cover oil breather hose.

So Patrick at Midngiht Motorsport made the repair and now I am the proud owner of a gleaming, clean valve, with its attendant improvement to the all-important look.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The `68 Cylinder Head

I have always wondered why the engine in the car runs so well but I figure, best not to wonder too much. I do know that my cylinder head was the correct 121TI type that the car was built with.

Today, while cleaning the old oil stains off the casting date stamp, I discovered that it's not the original head, but rather was made in October 1968, nearly a year after the car's manufacture date.

Rear Door Seals

I recently decided to buy a pair of new auxiliary door seals, or whatever you call the small seals that fit on the outer frames of the rear doors. They are NLA but still available in Germany at a price that reflects the situation.

They look like simple items to install. But as usual with this car, there is a little more to the job than you might think.

Basically, similar to other seals I have installed, these new ones were slightly too short. Had they shrunk with age, or rather been made that way on purpose?  I don't know.

Therefore they had to be stretched, and also pushed into the curve of the door itself. Which required lots of clamps, in other words.

But the final result was pleasantly eye-catching.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Snorkel Cover

The round cover on the snorkel box had been drilled by a PO ,covered with black goo, and then drilled again for the purpose of installing a metal bracket. Whatever function it served had been deleted by the time I acquired the car.

I took the bracket off and it now looked even worse, if such a thing is possible. came through again and I found an NOS round cover.  Looks better now even though some day I have to get rid of that non-standard air hose below it.


I found out that the stock air hose was still available from my local BMW dealer and only cost a few dollars so I ran downtown and snagged one. They remarked that there were only six of these hoses left in the USA. Much better.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Naturally I was happy when I bought the car to see that it came with an original vintage BMW key.

However, there was only the one key so I immediately tried to make a copy. All I could find was a Volkswagen-type key blank that was similiar enough to work. But it didn't work well and I never used it unless necessary as I didn't want to damage the tumblers in the igintion.

Recently I saw on a key blank for sale that looked like it would work. Total cost for getting it here was 11 Euros so I figured I would take a chance.  Sure enough, I was in luck, and now I have a proper spare key. It was difficult to find a shop that would cut this key since it's magnetic and requires a special machine to cut, but I found a kiosk in a local shopping center that had the right equipment.

Perhaps my imagination is to blame but the new key seems to work better than the original!